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Healthy Habits Pay Off in Long Term

(Science Daily) Can initial modes of behavior be used to predict how fit and healthy a person will be 18 years later? This question was in the focus of studies performed by researchers of KIT, Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen, and the universities of Konstanz and Bayreuth…
"The results of our study reveal how important it is to acquire health-promoting habits at early adult age already. This should also be in the focus of prevention measures," Professor Alexander Woll, Head of the KIT Institute of Sports and Sport Science, explains. Initial habits concerning nutrition and physical exercise will influence physical fitness and health in a statistically significant way in the long term…
Surprisingly, the study did not reveal any direct relationship between physical fitness and health, the parameters being the body mass index (BMI), waist-hip ratio, blood pressure, cholesterol, and uric acid. According to the scientists, this may possibly be explained by the fact that the fitness tests did not consider endurance that is a major health-determining factor. "Other studies clearly revealed that changes of physical fitness also cause the health-relevant risk factors to change," Professor [Alexander] Woll reports.
Community: Nevertheless, it’s never too late to start making changes toward a healthier lifestyle, to make the most of the rest of our lives.
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